Arsenal boss told to buy Given

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Arsenal legend David Seaman has told Arsene Wenger to buy Shay Given

Given has been demoted at Manchester City after Roberto Mancini opted to start with Joe Hart in goal for the Premier League opener at Tottenham. Hart's subsequent stunning display was a further blow to Given, who now looks likely to be warming the bench for the foreseeable future.

This has led to mounting speculation regarding the Republic of Ireland international's future at Eastlands and - with Wenger supposedly on the lookout for a replacement for current number one Manuel Almunia - he has been urged to make a raid for Given.

The Gunners boss has reportedly lost faith in Almunia, and does not yet trust 25-year-old Lukasz Fabianski with the burden of being first choice stopper.

And, while Seaman believes Fabianksi has a bright future at the Emirates, he says that Wenger should look to invest in a new gloveman.

“Lukasz Fabianski has a great future, but I think Arsenal need to look at bringing in a keeper who's going to calm the defence down and be consistent," he told talkSPORT.

"Neither keeper [Almunia or Fabianski] ended last season very well so the speculation to going to be there.

"And if the likes of [Mark] Schwarzer and Given are available, then I think Arsene Wenger has to be looking at them."

Schwarzer has made no secret of his desire to join the north Londoners, but they may now turn their attentions to Given after Fulham revealed they have no intention of selling the Australian.


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